Raw video: Suspect flees scene with the officer in his car
A driver fled a traffic stop with a Marietta, Georgia, police officer in his vehicle.
A Georgia police officer was caught on dash cam video would be kidnapped after gang members tried to flee by driving away during a traffic stop last week, so he’s more than a mile in rush hour traffic before being stopped.
Marietta police officer Brian Wallace was performing a traffic stop around 7:30 pm, Thursday in Cobb County, when he was the driver of the car to step out, because he remarked: “his body language seemed strange.” Two other people were also in the car at the time.
“Officer Wallace also noted that he smelled the odor of marijuana from the car and called for a backup officer to assist in a vehicle search,” the police department wrote on Facebook.
GEORGIA POLICE OFFICER FORCEFULLY TAKEN BY THE DRIVER DURING THE TRAFFIC STOP; SUSPECTS ARRESTED
Another officer, Sgt. Brian Honea, arrived on the scene as a back-up. Dash cam video released on Friday showed the suspect running back to the driver’s side of the car and attempting to flee as Wallace struggled with them. The passenger put the car in drive, pinning Wallace in the vehicle while Honea was knocked to the ground.
The Mugshots of the 3 men who allegedly kidnapped @MariettaPD officer, a sergeant pushed on a very busy road, and weaved through the rush hour. The driver, Cory Moody (photo right) and his passengers face several charges including kidnapping. https://t.co/BC36F0hYmB @wsbtv pic.twitter.com/eWWTkLAvFd
— Chris, Jose (@ChrisJoseWSB) March 9, 2018
“The suspects struggled with the Officer of Wallace in their vehicle at speeds of up to (71) and mph by the heavy traffic, muddy unpaved roads and uneven terrain,” the department said. “Officer Wallace stated that about halfway into the more than 1 meters kidnapping, he decided to pull the driver door closed to avoid being thrown on the roadway in traffic.”
One of the suspects jumped out of the car, before the vehicle completely stops. The driver eventually surrendered to Wallace. Two handguns that were tossed from the vehicle were recovered.
The three suspects — gang members from Massachusetts identified as Cory Moody, Eyzaiya Moody and Walter Gadson Jr. — were arrested and booked in the jail Thursday. They are facing charges for assault, obstruction, fleeing and that he, kidnapping, felon in possession of a firearm. They also face traffic violation charges.
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